Biking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bring your bicycle and mountain bike to the national park. Here's were you can ride.
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Bike riding on the Cades Cove Loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Bike riding on the Cades Cove Loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Bicycling on the Park Roads

Bikes are allowed on most park roads, but the main thoroughfares can be very busy, making for a stressful ride when traffic is high.

For a car-free spin, head to the Cades Cove Loop Road on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 a.m., early May to late September, when the route is closed to vehicles.

Mountain Biking in the Park

Mountain bikes are prohibited on all park trails except the Gatlinburg Trail, the Oconaluftee River Trail, and lower Deep Creek Trail, but several great mountain biking areas can be found in the national forests surrounding the park.

Need a map of Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Buy the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for Great Smoky at REI.com. The map includes trails, trailheads, points of interest, campgrounds, geologic history and much more printed on waterproof, tear-resistant material.

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